It's 11:11 PM and I have spent hours editing, designing and writing emails. There is immense satisfaction in creating something. When I quit my full time job two years ago, I knew I wanted to travel to take journeys and explore both the inner and outer worlds through travel. I wanted to have a sense of community with like minded people, and also be able to express my creativity in the most authentic manner. After a roadtrip across south India, I gave birth to ‘Cocoa and Jasmine’ inspired from the scents of cocoa fields of Coonoor and jasmine fields of Madurai. The journey was special to me as I felt like a foreign traveller in my own country. It made me think how much do we actually know about a culture when we travel. Through Cocoa and Jasmine, I wish to delve deeper into a culture and explore cities, people, design, art, nature, food in the most poetic manner. The purpose is to bring a community of creative travellers who culturally curious together through the publication, events and experiences. I hope to express, connect, and inspire through this issue.
After being digital for a year, we bring you our first print issue for which we travelled across the Himalayas for about a month. I could safely say Ladakh and it’s happy people made the issue very special. Jullay Appo! ( Hello brother) pretty much got us around Ladakh and of course our partners, The Grand Dragon Ladakh, who created an indepth, rich experience for us. Long road journeys, changing landscapes, flying drones, sipping kahwa, meeting nomads, learning about crafts, picnics by a stream, I wouldn’t change a single experience from this trip.
I hope you would enjoy our magazine.
Made with love in Delhi, India